bishop Michael Baughen
Bishop Michael was born in 1930 and brought up during the war in Orpington Kent. He went out to work at 15 then was conscripted into the Royal Signals. After returning to banking he had the unexpected call to ordained ministry!
Michael married Myrtle in March 1956 and was ordained in May 1956 and they have three children and eight grandchildren.
They served in inner Nottingham, then Reigate, then a job helping people face their vocation, then Rector of Holy Trinity Platt in Manchester (with its Coronation Street type of parish plus the University nearby), then Rector of All Souls Langham Place in London before being made Bishop of Chester in 1982 and retired 14 years later.
As his beloved wife's health deteriorated, the Baughen's moved to Guildford then Godalming and settled with the Busbridge church family.
Active in ministry in the Diocese and beyond, as well as when needed in Busbridge. Over the years Michael has composed many hymn tunes and written various hymns; the most well-known tunes being to Lord of the years and Name of all Majesty. He is also author of numerous books including The One Big Question which talks about God and suffering.
Michael loves music, mountains, trains and travel, but most of all longs to communicate the faith of Jesus, his beloved Lord and Saviour.